Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Daisy The Curly Cat Crosses the Rainbow Bridge

Picture from Daisy's Blog
I was very sad  to see that one of our first blogger friends, Daisy, the Curly Cat, crossed the rainbow bridge yesterday afternoon.  Our hearts go out to your owner, Daisy.  The cat's blog was so fun to visit because it was funny.  We loved seeing the different outfits Daisy modeled for us and her thoughts on things.  Then when she got a brother, Harley, there was even more excitement. 

Although Daisy stopped blogging back in 2013, you can still visit the blog.  It is really my favorite blog ever!  Thanks so much for sharing your life with us.  Rest in peace, Daisy.  You are probably the most widely loved cat ever!  Here is the link: 

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Art by Amber Kempthorn & Dana Oldfather -- Guess the Prices!

The paintings below are displayed in the lobby at Key Tower.  Some I like, some I don't, but they are all out of my price range.  I thought we could play a little game called guess the price! 

The first four are combinations of different processes done by Amber Kempthorn

#1 "Cuyahoga":  I kind of like this one.  I especially like the little lightening bugs.  My photo really does not do it justice.
#1--Cuyahoga (spray paint, pastel, charcoal & college, 44x30")
#2  "Lost, I Said":  I kind of like this one because of all the different things in it, especially the beaver and cat on the rocker!  I really don't get the pile up of cars though. 
#2--Lost, I Said (acrylic, charcoal, gouache & graphite on paper, 30x22")
#3 "Close to the Edge":  I like the butterflies in this one, but don't get why the scissors are at the bottom or why there seem to be two moons.  I like the colors in this though.
#3--Close to the Edge (acrylic, gouache, ink on paper 28 1/4x22")
#4 "Our Reach":  I don't get what they are reaching for in this, do you?  Anyone care to explain what this is to me?
#4--Our Reach (pastel, charcoal, gouache, collage, forgot to write the size of this one, but was about same as #1)
Do you have your price guesses in mind?  I'll give you little hint--they are all over $2,000!

Prices:  1--$3500; 2--$2600; 3--$2600; 4--$2900

Now for round 2:  The four paintings below were done by Dana Oldfather.  According to the artist's statement, these mirror a rushing world distorted by apprehension.  These paintings attest to inherent emotional conflict of parenting young children, and the fragility of comfort and happiness in America.

I certainly wouldn't buy any of these for even $5.00!  I think anyone could make any of these or similar to them very easily.  I just don't understand this type of art at all and really am surprised anyone would spend thousands of dollars for any of these.  What do you think of these?

#5-- Pinch Me (oil, acrylics on panel, 24x24")

#6--Clearing Primrose (oil, acrylic, ink, spray paint on linen, 48x60")
#7--Breaking Through (oil, ink, spray paint on linen, 30x30")
#8--Budding (oil, ink, spray paint on linen, 30x30")
In round two, one of these is priced at $7,000!  Can you guess which one?

The prices for Round 2 are:  5--$2400; 6--$7000; 7--$2500; 8--$2500

Paintings by these artists are displayed in the Bon Foey Gallery at 1710 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio.  You can also visit their website at 

Although these paintings are way out of my budget I do enjoy looking at different artwork.  I hope you enjoyed this post and would love to hear if you guessed any of the prices correctly or which paintings you prefer or do not care for in the comments.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

My Gingerbread House

I am not a baker or a cook; however, I enjoy watching the Food network's baking championship shows.  They inspired me to go ahead and purchase a pre-baked gingerbread house that just needs assembling and decorating.  It's so little, I think it should be called a cottage rather than a house.  The kit even includes some little punch-out cardboard accessories:  an elf, a very small Christmas tree and a snowman.  I had the strange idea that it might be fun to do, so gave it a try.

I got it together without any trouble and proceeded to decorate it with the icing and candy that was included in the kit while my husband took a little nap.  The roof went very well, but icing around the door and windows was very difficult because they were vertical.  The one side wall fell down once when I was putting some little candies on it but then I got it done.  I should have quit then, but decided to just squirt whatever icing I could still get out as snow around the house.  That's when my hand slipped and knocked into the house--down came that wall again so I had to change my plan and gather whatever icing I could for the sides of that wall to get it to stick back in.

That satisfied my little urge for a kitchen adventure.  I wouldn't use the word "fun" to describe it though.  Maybe challenging would be a more accurate description.   Have you tried making anything new this year in the kitchen?

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

I Just Discovered One Note!

Last week I just learned how to use One Note and love it!  It is like a digital notebook where you can take notes, draw, make to do lists, save links, save videos, pics or documents to and have them all handy in one place.  You can organize with as many different sections as you want (think tabs in a notebook).  It has instructions and a tutorial video that shows you how to use it.

It is sort of like having your own private instagram, but you can share your notebook or pages from it if you want. If you share pages, others can also add things to it which you can see as well.

Apparently, another bit benefit is that you can have it on your mobile device, but I don't have any.  The only drawback that I know of so far is that you can't print things from it.

My main use for it so far is to collect pickleball tips and videos in it.  It's pretty cool!

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Enjoyed Watching the Browns First Pre-Season Game

This is the house of a Browns fan on our street.  I must say, I am looking forward to this season because of the new talent we have AND the fact that we have a solid quarterback!  It was actually enjoyable watching the Browns game Thursday night and seeing our draft pick, Baker Mayfield, do well for a change.

Of course, they still struggled with too many penalties and had no running game at all; but still managed to win against the Giants.  I know, it's only pre-season and the Giants didn't have their best guys in for the whole game, but it's better to win than lose those, right?

This is when Brown fans have high hopes so let me enjoy my optimism while I can.  Go Browns!  Win some games this season!!  (I'd like to see them win at least 5 or 6.)  Think that's expecting too much?

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